I read Patricia Sund's many blog posts at www.ParrotNation.comabout Chop and I decided to try it for myself. I find the benefits to making Chop are many and my parrots like it. I shared my first experience with making Chop in a blog post of my own. . .
Dehydrating healthy fruits and vegetables for your parrots is not as complicated as you might think. I show you how to dehydrate yams and add them to homemade parrot toys in a blog post. . .
I haven't found too many parrots that don't like these salmon patties made with chopped vegetables. You can use fresh cooked or canned salmon for this recipe. Canned salmon will have added salt so that is something to be considered and some of you might want to rinse the canned salmon before cooking. These also freeze well.
Veggie Salmon Patties
This is another one of my go to recipes for feeding my flock of parrots. Don't let the name fool you, most parrots enjoy eating this pilaf, even the little ones.
Here is another recipe for a healthy bird bread for you to make using Harrison's Adult Lifetime Mash, buckwheat and quinoa flours, rolled mixed grains or oats, vegetables, sunflower seeds, millet, flaxseed, pumpkin, eggs and spice.
Harrison's Adult Lifetime Mash does not contain corn. So for parrot owners who would rather not use cornmeal in bird bread this would be a good recipe to try.
Bird Bread with Harrison's Mash
I have two recipes available for you to download. I call them Recipe One and Two because they are but two batches of Chop that I made. I imagine I will change it up a bit each time I make it. Both of these recipes aren't intended for you to follow to the letter. But are presented merely as a guide to help you get started if you haven't made Chop. Once you get started you will find the process is flexible and ingredients can be altered depending on what is in season, fresh and available.
After I published my blog post several parrot owners wrote in telling me they wanted to try making Chop but they needed a recipe with more exact measurements to make their first batch and asking me if I had a link to a recipe. I did not. I decided to make another batch and measure all my ingredients and create a recipe for of how I made Chop to offer as a guide for parrot owners who wanted to try it but needed a recipe.
Parrot Enrichment Recipes
With Kris Porter and Stephanie Edlund
Chop Production Supervisors
Pamela Clark's African Grey Pilaf
This is a nutritious bird bread recipe made of whole grain flours and contains no added sugar or fats. It is important to use a whole grain stone ground cornmeal like Bob's Red Mill or similar product. I don't use cornmeal mix like Jiffy or boxed cornmeal like Quaker that is enriched and de-germinated.
I've shared this recipe with numerous parrot owners with great success. Most parrots like this bread. I also include ideas for how to add the bird bread muffins to parrot toys.
Of note, I noticed in Recipe Two, after I took out a bag, thawed and served it, that it was a little on the wet side. So if your batch turns out to be a little wet when you thaw it, you can always fix it. I addressed that in another blog post, Fear Not the Wet Batch of Chop. . .